First Person Periods

“Tampon adverts used to make me feel like I was dying inside”

Tampon adverts used to make me feel like I was dying inside”

Ellamae writes about the experience of MRKH (Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser), what the term ‘invisible period’ means to her, and why she’s passionate about shaking the stigma around periods and health conditions.

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“This is a trans thing and it doesn’t make me less of a man”

This is a trans thing and it doesn’t make me less of a man”

Vic writes about the experience of his gender dysphoria, the connection he made early on with menstruation and his sense of self, and what reprogramming his thoughts around menstruation and societal norms has meant for him as a trans man.

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“Soon, my period would start… so mama performed the ritual”

Soon, my period would start… so mama performed the ritual”

Nala writes about the experience of her excruciatingly painful and prolonged periods, and how feeling ashamed led her to feeling liberated and wanting to empower others.

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“I liked a lot of conventionally ‘girly’ things, so I had to be a girl, right?”

I liked a lot of conventionally ‘girly’ things, so I had to be a girl, right?”

Naoise writes about the experience of starting periods and navigating chronic pain as a trans person, and how shame slowly made way for compassion.

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“As an intersex person living as a male, I just want my periods to end”

As an intersex person living as a male, I just want my periods to end”

We speak to Arthur, who has a rare intersex condition, about how it feels to menstruate when you're living as a man.

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First Person Periods: Sarah

First Person Periods: Sarah

This First Person Periods story comes from Sarah, who was shocked to discover the reason for some unpleasant symptoms she was having.

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First Person Periods: Ursula

First Person Periods: Ursula

Ursula explains how almost losing her womb after a life-threatening postpartum haemorrhage changed her perspective on having periods.

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First Person Periods: CJ

First Person Periods: CJ

In the second of our articles about what it’s really like to have periods, CJ writes about living with fibroids and the heavy bleeding they cause.

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First Person Periods: Kat

First Person Periods: Kat

In our new series about how it really feels to have periods, Kat talks about how cervical cancer has changed her perspective on her relationship with her body.

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Currents is a place where interested people with periods come to get the real lowdown on menstruation and bodies. We explain the things nobody else does, normalising every experience of periods no matter how weird it might feel. We’ll leave you informed, unashamed and ready to expect more for yourself.

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